(Isaiah 14:12 NIV) How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
When Osama Bin Laden’s plan to attack the Twin Towers succeeded it was perhaps the first time for most Americans to come to the realization that they had an enemy. Until that day our population felt safe behind the name United States. The concept of having an enemy was for evil men or spies or governments, certainly not for us!
We’ve heard the rhetoric for some time now and we should realize that Osama’s goal is to kill everyone who does not practice his religion. Prior to 9-11 he had been our enemy but most of us never paid attention to him even though his name and picture had been on TV for some time. In the same way there is another enemy even more insidious than Osama. He has been the enemy of humanity since its creation. The Devil, Lucifer, Satan, The Evil One; he has many names and titles.
Christianity has taught that he was our enemy from the beginning. Yet we seem to have widely ignored that reality. Like most real enemies he has lurked in the background seeking little attention. He has built a global organization that is poised to strike at our liberty at any given moment.
Satan was the head angel at one time. He was the guardian of the house of God. His beauty and abilities exceeded that of the other angels. He was the jewel of God’s creation. Unfortunately that was not enough for him. He wanted to be God. He wanted to replace God because he focused more upon himself than upon the one who made him.
His selfishness attained heights unparalleled in the history of the universe. He persuaded a full third of the angels in heaven to join him in a rebellion. God cast them out and imprisoned them on the third planet from the sun. Then God created a puny little creature barely capable of intelligence. He elevated this creature and its kind to a position of importance equal to the angels and gave them something that was denied the rebellious prisoners. He gave them grace.
Is it any wonder that Satan and his demons hate humans? God took an evil situation and used it to display his love to the universe. He took the smallest being and made them great. He lowered himself to become one of them, to die for their sins and to raise to life again in their form to display a more beautiful piece of his nature than judgment.
Secularism and Satan himself have propagated the idea that he isn’t real. He has been reduced to a fable, a wisp of scary stuff to frighten the uneducated or children. Some said Osama wasn’t really an enemy too, until 9-11.
(Luke 10:18 NIV) He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.